Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor is a gorgeous adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless novel Great Expectations. Let’s take a look at how this movie plays out.
Fitoor tells us the tale of Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) a simple young boy from Kashmir who falls madly in love with Firdaus (Katrina), a beautiful girl way above Noor’s social status. Fidaus’ mother Begum Hazrat is the one who fans Noor’s obsession for Firdaus and sets him up for a fall as part of her vengeance against men in general. Noor gets separated from Firdaus and spends the time making himself worthy enough of her. When they meet again Noor is a successful artist thanks to an unknown benefactor. Plenty of drama ensues as the film plays out as a true Bollywood drama.
Abhishek Kapoor manages to craft a gorgeous looking movie that largely stays true to the source material. But the addition of the Kashmir political struggle is largely cosmetic and the state has only been used for its natural beauty. Every frame of the movie looks just as pretty as its protagonists making this film a treat for the sense. Purely going by the script however, Fitoor falters in many respects. Noor’s character is weak, his growth into a successful young artist feels convenient and sudden. Many dramatic moments from Great Expectations are reduced to melodrama while others do not have quite the same punch.
Aditya Roy Kapur seems tailor made for the part of Noor in the movie. He pulls off the character of the boyish and lovestruck Noor with ease while Katrina too may seem to be a perfect fit to play the frigid Firdaus. But she falters badly whenever she is called upon to actually perform well and proves to be a very very weak link. Scenes lose their punch because of her and you almost wish for a better actress. Tabu on the other hand does a brilliant job with her adaptation of Miss Havisham.
Overall, Fitoor may just be the perfect Valentine’s Day film even though it falters in many places. The gorgeous cinematography by Anay Goswami, the heart-rending compositions by Amit Trivedi and the nuanced performances by Tabu and Aditya rescue this film from its many faults. We shall go with two and a half stars for Fitoor.